Successful Book Launch for Mariano’s Choice
October first, 2016, was one of those magically beautiful Colorado autumn days that blessed the thirty participants in our sold-out historic sites tour for the launch of my new historical novel, Mariano’s Choice. On our first stop, we visited the ruins of the old Weldon school in Sylvan Dale Ranch’s Big Valley. Then our vehicle caravan ascended the old quarry road on Red Ridge, the fictional site of Lena Medina’s secret grave, to peer over the edge of the towering cliff where a golden eagle soared over the valley below. Next we drove to Namaqua Park, site of Mariano’s original trading post and stagecoach stop, then on to the restored Medina cemetery, where tour members got a chance to heft a replica of Medina’s Hawken rifle and learn more about Mariano Medina from Loveland Historical Society members Bill Meirath and Sharon Danhauer. After returning to Sylvan Dale for Lunch, I presented my slide show introduction of Mariano’s Choice and read an excerpt from the new book.
I also described the theme of the book–overcoming cowardice–by sharing a quote from NY Times columnist David Brooks, as follows:
“The people we admire for being resilient are not hard; they are ardent. They have a fervent commitment to some cause, some ideal or some relationship. That higher yearning enables them to withstand setbacks, pain and betrayal. …grit, resilience and toughness are not traits that people possess intrinsically. They are means inspired by an end. …As Nietzsche put it, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” David Brooks, NY Times, Aug. 30, 2016
For me, that quote sums up the fictional journey traveled by my main character, Mariano Medina, one of the West’s legendary mountain men.